Sri Lanka represented at the largest SME Fair in the Asia Pacific region in Guangzhou - 21/10/2014

Sri Lanka participated for the first time at the 11th edition of the China International SME Fair (CISMEF) in Guangzhou from 11 to 14 October 2014. The Sri Lanka Pavilion was jointly organized by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board and had strong representation from business leaders of the SME sector, showcasing premium products from thrust export sectors such as gems and jewellery, tea and spices, handicrafts, handlooms and ayurvedic products.
Mrs. Sujatha Weerakoon, Director General of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, speaking at the opening of the Sri Lanka Pavilion pointed out that the Government’s numerous trade facilitation initiatives and President Xi Jinping’s recent State Visit to Sri Lanka have created new opportunities for even closer cooperation between Sri Lanka and China, particularly in trade and urged Sri Lanka companies present to maximize the opportunity to enter the attractive Chinese market.

First-ever on-water Boat Show a success

Daily FT - 18/10/2014

  • 2013 boat exports surge by 46%
  • Buyers and exhibitors from Korea, Maldives, Seychelles
  • Improved standards: Minister Senaratne
  • Value-added business: EDB’s Egodage

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa (second from left), Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Rajitha Senaratne (third from left) and EDB Chairman/CEO Bandula Egodage at Boatshow 2014 on 10 October at Dickowita Harbour, Wattala
Colombo’s latest international boat show, which featured an on-water boat display for the first time, concluded successfully after a three-day run on 12 October.

“We have been talking about five hubs. Today there are two major milestones taking place at this event – the promotion of the maritime hub as well as our tourism,” said EDB Chairman and CEO Bandula Egodage, addressing the inauguration event of Boatshow 2014 on 10 October at Dickowita Harbour, Wattala.

Sri Lankan ICT companies at GITEX 2014 in Dubai

Daily FT/ 16/10/2014

Six Sri Lankan ICT companies, Brandix I3 Ltd., hSenid Software International, Microimage Ltd., Negete Ltd., Pyxle Ltd. and AP Lanka Ltd. are exhibiting their software products and services at ‘GITEX Technology Week’ from 12 to 16 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) organised the country pavilion in coordination with the Sri Lanka Consulate General in Dubai.

US-SL trade talks conclude in Colombo

Daily FT - 16/10/2014

  • GSP, labour, trade promotion among discussed items
  • SL-US biz relationship at $ 3 b: Trade Rep Delaney
  • US Ex-Im Bank renewing ties with Lanka: Rishad
  • US biz team also in town, US-SL Biz Forum today
  • YoY SL-US trade up by 21% to $2.8b

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen (third from left) addresses the 11th Joint Council Meeting under the US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement joined by SL Embassy in Washington DC Minister Counsellor Bandula Somasiri (far right), Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Prasad Kariyawasam (second from right), Ministry of Industry and Commerce Secretary Anura Siriwardena (fourth from right), DoC DG R.D.S. Kumararatne (fifth from right) and MoIC Additional Secretary Sheita Senaratne (sixth from right) and Minister (Commercial) at Lanka Embassy in US Bandula Somasiri (right)

Talks under the Sri Lanka and US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) concluded yesterday in Colombo, reiterating the commitment to foster greater bilateral economic engagement.
“The US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) is the premier dialogue for managing bilateral trade and investment relationship between both countries. This relationship amounts to $ 3 b” said Michael Delaney, the visiting Assistant United States Trade Representative for Central and South Asia yesterday in Colombo.

Delaney, who is leading a 10-member official delegation to Sri Lanka, was addressing the 11th Joint Council Meeting (JCM) under the US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) at the Taj Samudra, Colombo.

Sri Lanka Pavilion at Gardex / IFEX 2014 on Oct. 15-17 in Japan - 15/10/2014

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, has organized a Sri Lanka Pavilion at the Gardex / IFEX 2014 International Garden Exhibition from October 15 to 17 in Japan.

Eight (08) leading Sri Lankan exporting companies from Coconut Based Substrate and a leading Foliage and Live Plants exporter exhibits at this event.

56% of export target achieved: Rishad

Daily FT - 08/10/2014

  • Jan-Aug exports bring Lanka closer to ’14 target

With latest January-August export totals, Sri Lanka has clinched 56% of annual export target for 2014 while the spice sector has returned, as revealed on 3 October. Meanwhile, the spice industry is full of praise for the Government for the assistance lent to the sector’s development.

“By end of this August we have already achieved 56% of our annual national export target for year 2013. Thanks to you, the committed spice and other product exporters, we are able to move towards our overall $ 20 b target now,” said Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen on 3 October in Colombo.
Bathiudeen was addressing the 11th Annual General Meeting of The Spice Council (TSC) at the Taj Samudra Hotel.  Also present on the occasion were Minister of Minor Export Crop Promotion Reginald Cooray, DoC DG R.D.S. Kumararatne, EDB DG Sujatha Weerakoone, The Spice Council Chairman Nanda Kohona, founder Chairman of the Spice Council of Sri Lanka Sarada De Silva, top officials of EDB and many leading members of Sri Lanka’s spice industry.

Boat Show 2014 to take centre stage in October

Daily News - 06/10/2014
By Indunil Hewage

South Asia’s premier boat show and fisheries exhibition, ‘Boat Show 2014’ organized by Boat Building Technology Improvement Institute (BTI), Sri Lanka Export Development Board and Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services will take centre stage from October 10-12, 2014 at the Dickowita Fisheries Harbour under the theme ‘Promotion of Leisure Boating in Sri Lanka’

The main objective of the event is to attract buyers from all corners of the globe, while positioning Sri Lanka as the hub for the industry in South Asia and to develop a forum between buyers and sellers to facilitate industry growth.